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Time is Money – Part 2: How to Avoid Grocery Shopping

In our second article in our series about saving time, we look at how to save time grocery shopping.

If you took a survey of the average person, you would find that approximately 100% of people hate grocery shopping. Sure, it’s a good excuse to get out of that house of screaming kids you have, but the act itself is not fun. Here are a few tips to help make grocery shopping a cheaper and less painful experience.

If your grocer doesn’t offer this, look for a competitor that specializes in grocery delivery like Peapod or Tesco.

Order From Your Grocer Online

Throw money at the problem. For many people, their hate of grocery shopping is worth simply throwing money at the problem. Sure, this isn’t the cheapest of ways to solve the problem, but it sure helps. What do I mean by “throwing money at the problem?” You can do anything Online now from learning card counting to buying groceries. To that end, many grocery stores will allow you to order your groceries online and for a small fee, they will deliver those groceries to your house. No, this doesn’t save you money, but it does save you time. Nevertheless, if you have the money to spare and you simply can’t be bothered to drag yourself to the grocery store, look to see if this delivery option is available to you.
Throw money at the problem, lite. This is the diet version of throwing money at the problem. In fact, this might actually save you money.
Buy From Online Retailers
While most people know that Amazon.com is great for buying DVDs and books, what a lot of people don’t know is that you can buy food from Amazon. In fact, pretty much any dry good you need is available to purchase and ship to your house. Like most things on Amazon, you can expect a decent discount on the items as well (although this is not always the case). Couple this with joining Amazon Prime and you can enjoy free shipping on items to your house in as little as two days. Not a bad deal. What’s the downside? Amazon has done a great job lately of expanding their grocery options too so just about anything you buy in a store can be found on Amazano.
Most of these items have to be purchased in bulk, so you’d better REALLY like those Alphabits you are ordering because you are going to have a lot of them. Amazon makes this whole process even easier by offering a subscribe and save option where you schedule regular shipments of food plus get a discount for subscribing. Making a few clicks on your mouse and saving money is a lot better than pushing a cart around the supermarket and getting shocked by the static electricity build up every few seconds. (You know what I’m talking about – don’t pretend you don’t.)
Buy Really Local
Hit up the farmers markets. Farmers markets are great for many reasons. Many laud their environmental benefits or their communal nature. I say enjoy the fact its a way to buy food for cheaper than at a grocery store and away from those soul-sucking florescent lights which apparently are mandatory at every grocery store in existence. While you are generally limited to purchasing produce at farmers markets, you can stock up on some other items such as eggs, meat, and other such wares. Plus you get to enjoy the outdoors while buying your food. Not a bad deal.
What about you reader, any other ideas to help make grocery shopping less like receiving a colonoscopy? Sound off below.
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